KOLKATA (28 June) — Geneva-based ICOM (International Christian Organisation of the Media) has chosen Indian journalist Anto Akkara for the Titus Brandma International award for journalism to be conferred at the World Media and Journalism Congress to be held at Panama city in October.
The ICOM in its communication to Akkara, working with international media as South Asia correspondent, said that its triennial award has been instituted in memory of Blessed Titus Brandsma who was a Dutch journalist and Carmelite priest who died in 1942 at the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.
“The jury took the decision considering the contribution you have made in defending human rights and speaking up for the oppressed in your journalistic work in South Asia. By deciding to confer this prestigious honour to you, the jury acknowledges the stellar role you have played in highlighting the gross denial of fundamental rights and freedom of religion in the Kandhamal jungles of Orissa,” ICOM said
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After masters in English literature from St Thomas College Thrissur, Akkara did LL.B from DelhiUniversity and has been working for over two decades with international media as foreign correspondent covering South Asia.
The journalist author who has won several media awards stirred the national conscience with his investigative book ‘Kandhamal – a blot on Indian Secularism’ following the orchestrated anti-Christian violence in Kandhamal jungles of Orissa from August 2008. Akkara’s latest book on Kandhamal ‘Early Christians of 21st Century’ released in February 2013 at Vailankanni.
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